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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., April 2) -- one-sided NCAA hoops championship game takes TBS to the top

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What if it had been closer -- or on CBS? But Villanova’s 79-62 spanking of Michigan in the NCAA men’s basketball championship still managed to outpoint all competing programming Monday night.

Running from 8:20 to precisely 10:30 p.m. on TBS, the game averaged 299,128 D-FW viewers and 140,427 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old age range.

NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of The Voice was runner-up in total viewers with 220,785 and tied ABC’s competing American Idol for a very distant second among 18-to-49-year-olds (49,930 each).

In the 9 p.m. hour, ABC’s premiere of the new drama series The Crossing ran fifth in total viewers with 99,709 and fourth with 18-to-49ers (34,327), beating only CBS’ competing repeat of NCIS: New Orleans. CBS aired reruns all night, save for Living Biblically, rather than try to steal viewers from its sports department’s main man, Jim Nantz. He again was the play-by-play mainstay of the championship game and now moves on to CBS’ coverage of The Masters. It’s a wonderful life.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 drew the most total viewers at 10 p.m., and Fox4 won among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 resumed its winning ways with a vengeance at 6 a.m. with another sweep after TEGNA8 won among 25-to-54-year-olds by a sliver on Good Friday to end Fox4’s multi-month unbeaten streak. On Monday, Fox4 piled up 105,887 viewers in the 25-to-54 realm compared to a combined total of 73,533 for NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11.

At 6 p.m., NBC5 and CBS11 tied for first in total viewers and Fox4 had the most 25-to-54-year-olds.

Fox4 and the Peacock shared the total viewers top spot at 5 p.m., but NBC5 had the 25-to-54 lead to itself.

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